Patrick Friesen, formerly of Winnipeg, lives on Vancouver Island. He writes poetry, drama, songs, and text for dance and music. In 1994 Blasphemer’s Wheel (Turnstone Press) won the McNally Robinson Book of the Year award in Manitoba. A Broken Bowl was short-listed for the Governor General’s Award in 1996. He has also been short-listed twice for the Dorothy Livesay Award in the BC Book Awards. Friesen has also collaborated with Marilyn Lerner in jazz and literary festivals and on two CDs of spoken word and improv piano. His most recent book is Jumping in the Asylum (Quattro Press, 2011). Patrick is on the ReLit poetry shortlist this year.